UFC 121 winner Brendan Schaub welcomes fight with ex-champ Frank Mir
In fact, with three consecutive wins in the UFC, Schaub wants to sustain his momentum and continue moving up the heavyweight ladder. The division, of course, got a shakeup in UFC 121's main event when Cain Velasquez made quick work of champion Brock Lesnar and took the title.
Wanting to be in the best position possible when the dust settles, Schaub already has a next opponent in mind. And it's a veteran who once held the title himself.
"I'd love to match up with Frank Mir," said Schaub, a former football player once employed in the NFL and AFL. "He's one of the stars in the division, and I think I would give him a lot of problems."
With UFC 121 win, refocused Diego Sanchez may compete in two divisions
Following Sanchez's one-sided decision loss to British welterweight prospect John Hathaway at May's UFC 114 event, UFC president Dana White suggested "Nightmare" might be best served migrating back down to 155 pounds.
But after Sanchez turned in one of the grittiest performances of his career in a UFC 121 win over Paulo Thiago, White said the former winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" looks again like a monster at welterweight and should turn his focus there. Sanchez has a different perspective: Why not take them both on?
Tito Ortiz: "I still feel like I have a lot more in me" despite UFC 121 loss
"I'm going to hop on the horse, I'm going to get back in the gym in about two weeks, and I'm going to get to a college and start wresting again because I'm healthy," Ortiz said. "That hunger is there.
White refused to decide the former champion's future when pressed (though he did rule out a fourth meeting with Chuck Liddell), but the always-outspoken executive's silence when asked for comment on Ortiz's status was likely very telling.
After UFC 121 win, Jake Shields still next in line for UFC welterweight title shot
The UFC boss had suggested prior to Shields' win over Martin Kampmann (17-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) that a victory would "probably" mean a title shot against the winner of December's Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck matchup.
Following the win, White confirmed that probable contest is now a certainty.
"I think no less of him today than I did yesterday," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 121 draws reported 14,856 attendance for $2.15 million live gate
ANAHEIM, Calif. – "UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez" a reported 14,856 attendees for a $2.15 million gate, UFC president Dana White announced in the evening's post-fight press conference.
The event, which took place Saturday, was hosted by the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and marked the UFC's third event in The Golden State in 2010.
Official figures will be verified by the California State Athletic Commission early next week, but it the preliminary numbers hold up, UFC 121 scored the eighth highest attendance of the UFC's 20 events so far this year and scored the biggest attendance of the three California-based events.
Incredible night for Velasquez
On Saturday in the main event of UFC 121 before a boisterous crowd at the Honda Center, a more mature and experienced Velasquez rewarded his coach’s faith in him by putting on one of the most impressive displays by an Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight in a long time.
UFC 121 bonuses: Velasquez, Roberts, Sanchez and Thiago claim $70K bonuses
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Cain Velasquez, Daniel Roberts, Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thaigo each earned $70,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez" event.
Velasquez earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Roberts picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Sanchez and Thiago shared "Fight of the Night" honors.
4 Fights Added To UFC 124
The bout schedule for the UFC's final event of 2010 is nearly complete as promotion officials today announced the addition of four more contests for "UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck II." The new listings include Mac Danzig vs. Joe Stevenson and Thiago Alves vs. John Howard for the night's main card, as well as Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant and Pat Audinwood vs. John Makdessi for the night's preliminary activities.
Dana White No Fan of Friends Refusing Fights
“I'm tired of guys who don't want to fight each other,” said White. “Just because you train together means you can't fight each other?”
Next, White tackled the issue at the UFC 121 pre-fight conference on Wednesday.
“They're all pros. It's not personal. These guys are going in to compete and see who best is,” he said. “There should be no problem with guys in same weight class fighting each other.”
Jamie Varner vs. Shane Roller Targeted For WEC 53
If there's one place Jamie Varner might not get booed in WEC, it's in his hometown of Phoenix. We might find out at WEC 53 if that's the case as Varner will likely face Shane Roller at the event. The fight should be made official shortly. Varner also will try to snap a 3-fight winless streak while Roller could earn a shot at the Benson Henderson-Anthony Pettis WEC Lightweight Title fight winner with a victory.
Is Scott Coker Trying To Save Gilbert Melendez From The Wrath Of Eddie Alvarez?
Both Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Alvarez seem to think so. Says Rebney: "There aren’t promotional issues. There aren’t any barriers. There aren’t any hurdles... What television network is it going to be on? We’ll do it on Showtime. Where will the fight happen? Well, let’s do it in San Jose. The answers to the questions are very simple. There’s no reason that fight shouldn’t happen but for the fact that the promoter of Gilbert Melendez doesn’t want it to occur." As for Alvarez, "Scott Coker doesn’t want it to happen. He’s trying to obviously protect his champion. I guess he has every right to. He has a business to run. Whatever... I want to be number one in the world, and the only way to do that is to fight people like Gilbert [Melendez]. If we can get our hands on him and the contracts work out, then that’s what we’ll do. Until then, it’s just talk. The paper’s gotta be signed. Let’s make it happen."
Lesnar learns of Sonnen's comments
ESPN's Jim Rome read to Lesnar some of the trash that Chael Sonnen has talked about the heavyweight champion, including Sonnen's claim that "I'd slap you in your face and you wouldn't do anything about it, Brock," Lesnar had a simple retort: "I don't know who he is."
"Is he a fighter? I don't know who he is," Lesnar said. "I'm serious. Seriously."
Bellator 33 Weigh In Results, Alvarez Vs. Huerta
Roger Huerta (155 lbs.) vs. Eddie Alvarez (155 lbs.) @ 155 lbs.
Ben Askren (170 lbs.) vs. Lyman Good (170 lbs.) @ 170 lbs.
Deividas Taurosevicius (145 lbs.) vs. Wilson Reis (146 lbs.) @145 lbs.
Rick Hawn (171 lbs.) vs. LeVon Maynard (171 lbs.) @170 lbs.
Jamal Patterson (206 lbs.) vs. Tim Carpenter (206.5 lbs.) @205 lbs.
Edward Gueddes (159 lbs.) vs. Luis Azeredo (159 lbs.) @ 160 lbs (catchweight).
Nick Cottone (130 lbs.) vs. Tuan Pham (129.5 lbs.) @ 130 lbs (catchweight)
Kenny Foster (146 lbs.) vs. Lester Caslow (146 lbs.) @ 145 lbs.
Dana White hints at Olympic MMA progress, won't lead efforts
"You see wrestling, you see boxing, you see judo, Tae Kwon Do – I mean, all the things that are allowed in mixed martial arts are already an Olympic sport," White said. "The reality is [MMA] should be. And it should be sanctioned in every state and everywhere else around the world.
"But it isn't. It's going to take us time. I've been the guy to say it should be an Olympic sport, and I hope I see it before I die, but I'm not going to be the guy to do it. I know what my goals are and what I need to do. That's not one of them yet."
Are Teammates Not Fighting Because One Guy Is Scared Of The Other?
Maybe, according to Dana White. "The bottom line is, and the way that that's been in the UFC, it's been a camp thing. You'll find a couple of camps that are saying, 'oh no this guy's my friend, I'm not fighting him.' What? This isn't personal, this isn't, 'oh I hate him, I'm going to fight him.' You train, you work hard to be the best mixed martial artist you can be, and you're going out to compete against other mixed martial artists to prove you're the best. Me personally, what I think, is when one guy says, 'oh he's my friend I won't fight him,' that means I train with this guy and this guy's probably going to kick my ass. That's what I get out of that. I'm not confident enough to fight this guy."
UFC 126 Set For Mandalay Bay On Super Bowl Weekend
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's annual blockbuster Super Bowl weekend event has a venue. Sources close to the show say UFC 126 will happen on February 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC 126 marks the organization's return to the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the first time since UFC 109, which hosted 2010's Super Bowl-weekend card.